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Newfoundland slowly emerges from record or near-record rain

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 31, 2013, 4:07 PM -

Newfoundland is experiencing the tail end of two days of major rainfall.

"The clash between warm, humid air to the south with cold air from Labrador and northern Newfoundland produced an excess of rain," Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, said Saturday morning.

Communities in a wide band across the central third of the island were the hardest hit when the rain rolled through, with Gander and Terra Nova breaking single-day records, as well as seeing triple-digit rainfall from Thursday to Sunday morning.

Even areas that weren't as badly affected, such as St. John's, were drenched with 30 mm of rain or more over the same period.

Still more is expected on Sunday, although nowhere near as much as Thursday and Friday, with southern New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia having their turn at a rainy day.

A torrent of rain has washed out sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and flooded a number of basements. 

The RCMP say the massive amount of water overwhelmed culverts and swamped portions of the highway between Gander and Gambo, a 47 km stretch. 

No accidents were reported, but the highway was reduced to one lane. Constable Sheldon Walsh says crews were also called to fix a washed-out road that stranded some people in their cabins. He says traffic in the region is expected to be slow for a few days as the damage is repaired. 

With files from The Canadian Press 

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